April 15, 2016

NEWS

Curriculum Redesign Initiative proposals due today

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites proposals for the third and final cohort of funded programs in its Curriculum Redesign Initiative, funded by the Teagle Foundation. The initiative supports departments' efforts to transform their curricula in meaningful ways to facilitate undergraduate student success. Rather than funding individual faculty members or courses, it is meant to assist collaborative efforts that cut across the major. Proposals are encouraged from departments with significant curricular revision goals, but enquiries from departments just starting on the road to redesign are also welcomed. Proposals may be funded up to $10,000.

Programs interested in developing proposals should contact Trevor Getz, professor of history and director of Special Programs, DUEAP, and visit ueap.sfsu.edu/ugs/teagle. Proposals should be five to seven pages in length and address the questions listed on the call for proposals webpage.

Proposals are due April 15 to College Associate Deans; they will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary faculty committee drawn from the first cohort of funded programs. Successful programs will be notified by May 15, 2016.

Retention, Tenure and Promotion Workshops

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has scheduled six informal discussions focused on helping faculty prepare for retention, tenure and promotion (RTP). The workshops will be facilitated by Sacha Bunge, dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. All faculty members who are planning to be reviewed in the next several years are encouraged to attend. The workshops will address a range of topics related to the RTP review process, including the transition to electronic Working Personnel Action Files (WPAF) effective this fall.

While the six workshops have been organized according to different phases of faculty professional development, the topics covered in each workshop will be similar, so faculty may attend whichever workshop best fits their schedule.

  • Applying in fall 2016 for tenure and promotion to associate professor:
    • Monday, April 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 244               
  • Preparing for promotion to full professor:
    • Wednesday, April 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 244                     
    • Thursday, April 28, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 244     

Register for a workshop.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at ext. 8-2204 or email facaffrs@sfsu.edu.

Advancing Student Success: A dialogue for University faculty, staff and administrators

The Student Success and Graduation Initiative Task Force and the César E. Chávez Institute will co-sponsor a lunchtime reading and discussion series to examine factors that support or hinder student academic success.

The meetings will provide an informal forum for faculty and staff/administrators to jointly delve into key issues affecting students' academic achievement, informed by recent research. Each meeting will focus on a pre-circulated reading on a different topic — unpacking research findings, then exploring their possible implications for how we serve our students.

Supporting undergraduate degree completion advances social justice and economic prosperity for the region, state and nation. Today, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S. require education and training beyond a high school diploma, yet nearly half of students who begin a baccalaureate program are not able to finish within six years — too many of them students of color or from low-income households.

The lunch dialogues will continue this semester on the following Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286):

No preregistration is required. Bring a lunch — drinks and dessert will be provided.

For more information or to be included on future announcements, contact the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning at ueap@sfsu.edu or ext. 8‑2206.

Retirement Association offers faculty travel grants

The San Francisco State University Retirement Association (SFSURA) encourages faculty to apply for travel grant awards. The awards are for travel during 2016 and will have a maximum value of $500. The association expects to fund up to five grants. (Staff travel grants will be awarded next year.)

Professional development is the major criterion for a travel grant, with preference given to participation/presentation at a conference or workshop, summer fieldwork, research or attendance at an institute. Other types of professional development also will be considered.

Faculty application forms are available under the "Forms" tab at www.sfsu.edu/~retire. To be considered for a grant, applicants must have at least a half-time appointment and must submit a completed application via email to all of the following people by April 22:

Volunteers needed for SF State marine lab open house in Tiburon

Volunteer for this special event on Sunday, May 1, when the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, SF State’s marine research lab in Tiburon, opens its doors to the public for a day of science exploration, art activities, touch tanks and other activities. At least 18 volunteers over 18 years old are needed to help with a variety of activities at the event. Volunteers receive lunch, a drink ticket and a T-shirt. Contact Erin Blackwood for more information and to sign up by April 22.

Annual SF State 5K Walk, Run and Roll, April 24

Student Life invites the campus community — including faculty, staff and family members — to the annual SF State 5K Walk, Run and Roll race, scheduled for Sunday, April 24, from 8 a.m. to noon. The event starts and ends in Malcolm X Plaza and takes place on and around campus.  Registration fees for faculty and staff are $15 per person or $55 per four-person team. All participants will receive a complimentary gift bag and event T-shirt.

For more information about the 5K Walk, Run and Roll event, email spevents@mail.sfsu.edu or visit dos.sfsu.edu/5k.

Interested in volunteering? Visit orgsync.com/14370/forms/134965 for information and to sign up. Volunteers will receive a complimentary gift bag and T-shirt.

Accessible Adventures Day

The campus community is invited to the SF State Accessible Adventures Day on Wednesday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nasser Family Plaza in front of the Gymnasium Building. The free, campuswide event is open to all and will offer information about accessible adventures and recreational activities available to students, staff and faculty with disabilities and their fellow students and colleagues. In addition to learning about the possibilities for inclusive, active and creative fun, participants will have the opportunity to play adapted sports and learn about adapted kayaks, sailboats and accessible trails. The event is being organized by the Disability Programs and Resource CenterRecreation Parks and Tourism DepartmentCampus RecreationPaul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, and the Department of Kinesiology.

Employee University summer 2016

Faculty and staff are invited to drop by LIB 121 on Tuesday, April 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. for an early opportunity to register for summer 2016 classes. Attendees will be treated to coffee, doughnuts  and Jenga while they register and network with colleagues from across the campus. RSVPing is not required. Participants are encouraged to bring a colleague or two with them.

The summer 2016 classes include:

  • Campus Mental Health and Well-Being
  • iPhone Basics for Beginners
  • Myers Briggs Type in Personal and Professional Growth
  • SFSU 101
  • Team Building
  • Verbal Skills for Limited English Speakers, Level III
  • Working for U
  • Workshop for Education Sites: Skillport/Lynda

Open registration begins at 10 a.m. on April 27 at hr.sfsu.edu/employee-university. Note that registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Employee University committee members look forward to seeing you there.

For additional details regarding Employee University, as well as information regarding summer 2016 classes, registration and other details, please visit hr.sfsu.edu/employee-university.

2016 Call to Service Initiative — community engagement mini-grants seek applicants

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) has announced the 2016 Call to Service mini-grants for activity taking place in summer 2016, fall 2016 and spring 2017. The mini-grants are designed to support faculty and staff in providing service-learning opportunities to students and in disseminating service-learning knowledge, research or findings. The available grants are:

Community Engaged Scholarship Faculty Mini-Grant

This mini-grant funds faculty members' efforts to modify the curriculum of an established course or create a new course to include a service-learning component. Each grant award is $4,500. The deadline is April 29.

Department/Program Level Mini-Grant (Pilot Program)

The purpose of this initiative is to support departments/programs that wish to develop or strengthen service-learning opportunities for faculty and students. Each $8,000 grant will be awarded to plan, establish and implement strategic initiatives to further advance the integration of service-learning into the department/program. The deadline is April 29.

Partnerships in Service Mini-Grant

These $3,000 grants will provide financial support to SF State faculty and staff members who are initiating or deepening relationships with community members/organizations to support high-quality service-learning courses. The deadline is April 29.

Service-Learning Student Assistant(s) Mini-Grant

Grants will offer as much as $3,000 to provide for student assistant support for the implementation of high-quality service-learning opportunities. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis until May 6 and/or when funds are depleted.

Service-Learning Conference Travel Mini-Grant

Grants will provide support for faculty members (with or without student co-presenters) who plan to (A) participate in a professional, academic and/or service-learning conference to present a paper or attend a session or sessions specifically about course-related service or service-learning partnerships or (B) present a service-learning paper at the annual conference of their discipline. Faculty can receive as much as $750 for CSU-approved travel. Support for student travel ranges up to $1,000 per student for CSU-approved travel (with a maximum of two students). Students must be listed as co-presenters and travel with the co-presenting faculty member. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 6 and/or when funds are depleted.

Funding is provided through the CSU Chancellor's Office Call to Service Initiative. For information, criteria, guidelines and proposal forms, contact Jen Gasang at jlgasang@sfsu.edu or ext. 8‑3282.

Student Academic Pathway Project

Faculty applications and nominations are sought for the Student Academic Pathway Project (SAPP), sponsored by the Student Success and Graduation Initiative (SSGI). A faculty team will meet over the summer for four two-hour lunchtime meetings to analyze anonymous student transcripts and better understand students' experiences navigating the curriculum. (The meeting schedule will be determined by the participants.) The results are expected to illuminate common challenges, areas of need and paths toward success and will be shared in a group paper and presentation in the fall semester. Participating faculty will receive stipends of $1,000. Applications from faculty advisors from across the curriculum are especially welcome. By April 29, please send a one- to two-page letter of application detailing your interest and relevant experience to the  Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning at ueap@sfsu.edu.

Zoom web and video conferencing

All students, faculty and staff now have access to a full-featured HD web and video conferencing tool powered by Zoom and supported by Academic Technology (AT). Zoom is compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Blackberry and Linux and offers feature-rich mobile apps for Android and iOS.

Anyone in the world can join a Zoom meeting, but only a host can start or schedule online meetings or group collaborations. To host a meeting for up to 200 participants, use your SF State campus login to sign up for an account at sfsu.zoom.us.

To learn more about Zoom and how it can support teaching, learning and collaboration visit AT's website or contact the iLearn Support Services Desk by calling ext. 5-5555, sending an email to online@sfsu.edu or visiting LIB 220.

Mini-grant applications sought

SF BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) is a project funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for enhancing the diversity of the NIH-funded workforce. SF BUILD is led by SF State in partnership with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The overall goal is to transform education, research, training and mentoring at SF State by creating an intellectually affirming environment in which students who are typically underrepresented in science and their faculty mentors can thrive. One specific aim is to enable faculty to succeed as part of the NIH-funded workforce. Preliminary data is often needed for successful NIH grant applications, and small grants can enable data gathering and analysis.

The request for applications for year three (2016-17) of BUILD announces that mini-grants of $20,000 each will be awarded to three successful applicants. (Mini-grants will also be available in years four and five, but may focus on additional objectives.) This year, applications are being sought from SF State faculty whose research relates to health inequalities in communities in San Francisco. Proposals should involve SF State students and encourage a sense of giving back to the communities. Priority will be given to proposals that address issues of social justice and health inequalities that are relevant to SF State students and their communities. To learn more about the mini-grant application process, visit sfbuild.sfsu.edu. Applications must be received by Aug. 1, 2016.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

April is Solar Observing Month

The campus community is invited to look at the sun through an SF State solar telescope. Participants will have a chance to see sunspots and solar prominences with their own eyes. During the month of April when skies are clear, the viewing will be held in the plaza in front of Thornton Hall on Mondays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and on Thursdays and Fridays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

"The Fringe": four weeks, four programs

The School of Theatre and Dance will present plays by SF State playwrights lifted fresh off the page and delivered to the stage. Directed and acted by students, this is a chance to see 21st century theatre in the making. The production will run through April 22. Performances will be held in The Lab (CA 104). Admission is free.

Phase three of the program includes "Natural Selection" (by Erik Blachford, directed by Julius Rea); "Power/Responsibility" (by Alandra Hileman, directed by Liam Blaney); "Found" (by Nicole Jost, directed by Julius Rea); and "Reading" (by Emma Lee, directed by Roy Conboy). The final performances will be staged Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m.

The fourth and final phase of "The Fringe" will be "Getting Off" (by Lena White, directed by Bella Gadsby), Tuesday, April 19, through Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m.

For more information and a listing of dates, visit the event page for "The Fringe."

"Kisses to the Children," April 17

Filmmaker Vassilis Loules will present his 2011 documentary film "Kisses to the Children" on Sunday, April 17, at 1 p.m. at the George and Tula Christopher Center, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 999 Brotherhood Way. The film (in Greek with English subtitles) concerns five Greek-Jewish children saved by Christian families during the Nazi occupation. The screening is sponsored by the Center for Modern Greek Studies.

"Enceladus, Saturn's Geysering Moon: An Abode of Life?", April 18

Carolyn Porco, leader of the imaging science team for the Cassini spacecraft presently in orbit around Saturn, will visit campus as the 2016 WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Distinguished Speaker. On Monday, April 18, from 4 to 5 p.m. in LIB 121 (refreshments at 3:50 p.m.) she will present "Enceladus, Saturn's Geysering Moon: An Abode of Life?", a review of all the observations currently in hand. She will also present the case for Enceladus as the "go to" place in our solar system for the search for extraterrestrial life.

For the past 11 years, the full suite of scientific equipment onboard the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn has been brought to bear in the examination of the small, icy moon. The large and diverse collection of results has been used in conjunction with theoretical studies of the moon's orbital dynamics, interior structure, tidal response, geysering mechanics, ocean chemistry and astrobiological potential to produce an unusually detailed body of knowledge of what is now regarded as the most accessible, well-understood extraterrestrial habitable zone in the solar system.

Following many years at the Space Sciences Institute in Boulder, Porco is now a visiting distinguished scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences.

Interdisciplinary STS Hub meeting, April 19

The Science and Technology Studies (STS) Hub is where scholars engaging in medicine, technology, science, health and justice come together to build, think and collaborate on a variety of events, projects, programs and conversations. The group will meet Tuesday, April 19, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in HSS 361 to discuss the question "What is disability and does it need to be FIXED?"

The group meets every third Tuesday, with the last meeting scheduled for May 17.

WAC/WID Roundtable: "More Feedback Faster," April 25

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning and WAC/WID (Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing In the Disciplines) invite all faculty to the final roundtable session on April 25 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286).

John Holland, lecturer in the English Department's Composition Program, will facilitate a workshop entitled "More Feedback Faster." The workshop will present a model used in a hybrid second-year composition course that segments a semester-long research project into smaller, scaffolded chunks. This model facilitates frequent opportunities for peer feedback, instructor feedback and revision of student writing. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served.

QOLT Lunch and Learn event on April 26

The Quality Online Learning and Teaching initiative (QOLT) supports faculty teaching fully online and hybrid courses in implementing superior course design practices and proven teaching strategies.

Faculty are invited to a QOLT initiative Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, April 26, from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286. Join colleagues over lunch as Jackson Wilson, chair of the Online Education Committee (OEC), reports on a faculty survey of online learning and teaching. Participants will also learn about an upcoming summer professional development series that will guide participants step-by-step through the QOLT certification process.

Getting a course fully certified brings many benefits, including:

  • Official letter of accomplishment for Retention, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) purposes
  • Campuswide recognition in QOLT events and on the QOLT website
  • Eligibility to apply to be a QOLT ambassador
  • Opportunities to participate in CSU system-level quality assurance programs
  • First-to-know access to funding opportunities such as course redesign with technology and affordable instructional materials.

RSVP for the QOLT Lunch and Learn. Lunch will be provided. For more information call (415) 405-5550 or email iteach@sfsu.edu.

School of Theatre and Dance presents "Urinetown," April 28

In a city struck by a 20-year drought, where private bathrooms are a thing of the past, people must now pay to pee. "Urinetown" is a musical melodrama that examines the effects of corporate mismanagement and municipal politics while telling a tale of love, hope, friendship and betrayal. The School of Theatre and Dance's production of "Urinetown" will run from April 28 to May 8, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre, CA 106 of the Creative Arts building. More information is available at theatredance.sfsu.edu.

Discover your inner marine scientist

Visit the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, SF State's own marine research and teaching lab, for the annual Discovery Day Open House on Sunday, May 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology & Environmental Science, is a great opportunity for participants of all ages to learn about the center's research into understanding, restoring and conserving the plants, animals and habitats of San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Coast. Participants will meet marine scientists and graduate students while collecting and recording their own data on San Francisco Bay science. Listen to "bite-sized" science talks and enjoy viewing and creating marine-themed art. Families are welcome. For more information, visit www.rtc.sfsu.edu/discovery_day.

Farm to Fork lunch on the Quad, May 3

The campus community is invited to the seventh annual Farm to Fork lunch on May 3. This event features organic and seasonal produce grown within 250 miles of campus. Lunch will be prepared by the Vista Room and Sodexo and will be served on the Quad by students in the restaurant and catering management class (BUS 306). Tickets cost $8 and may be purchased in person at the Bursar's Office or online at commerce.cashnet.com/FARMTOFORK.

18th Annual CoSE Student Project Showcase, May 6

Join the College of Science & Engineering for the 18th annual Student Project Showcase at the Student Life Event Center (ANNEX I). Come support the students during this unique showcase with more than 200 projects from undergraduate and graduate competitors. A group of judges will pick winners and award prizes. The showcase will start with the competition from 3 to 6 p.m., followed by a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The Showcase and Reception are FREE to attend, but space is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. Please register at bit.ly/1T4iEll. For more information, email Lannie Nguyen at science@sfsu.edu.

Phi Beta Kappa reminders

The Phi Beta Kappa Society wishes to remind SF State/Omicron chapter members that:

  • Annual dues of $25, which help defray the cost of the annual student initiation, should be submitted to Society Treasurer Lisa Takeyama of the Economics Department.
  • The Phi Beta Kappa annual initiation ceremony will be held Thursday, May 12, from 3 to 4 p.m. on the Administration Building's fifth floor patio. It will be followed by a reception.

Questions? Contact Chapter President Masahiko Minami or, for finances, Chapter Treasurer Lisa Takeyama.

Order regalia for Commencement 2016

Faculty members participating in this year's Commencement Ceremony will need to wear academic regalia. Rentals are available at the SF State Bookstore.

Important dates and details:

  • Only generic regalia will be available for rental after April 15.
  • Rental regalia will be available to pick up beginning the week of May 16.
  • Faculty/staff will go to the customer service counter inside the bookstore to pick up their regalia.

Set Pricing (includes cap, gown, tassel and hood; hood colors are based on the field of the degree and the university where it was earned)

  • Bachelor: $59
  • Master: $63
  • Doctoral: $72

Component Pricing (cap, gown and tassel only)

  • Bachelor: $31
  • Master: $34
  • Doctoral: $38

Gown Only

  • Bachelor: $24
  • Master: $27
  • Doctoral: $31

Hood Only

  • Bachelor: $28
  • Master: $29
  • Doctoral: $34

Cap/Tam Only

  • Eight-sided class rental tam in black: $32
  • Eight-sided class rental tam with gold silk tassel: $36

SF State Summer Youth Sailing and Paddling and Lake Environment camps, June 6-Aug. 12

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism will again host Summer Community Youth Sailing and Paddling Camps for boys and girls ages 8-15 at Lake Merced near campus. All camps are Monday-Friday and run between June 6 and Aug. 12. They range from half-day sailing camp, half-day kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding camps to full-day sailing and science camps. No prior experience is required and the camps accommodate youth with special needs. For more information or to register, visit recdept.sfsu.edu/sailing.

Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp

The Department of Kinesiology will again host the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp for boys and girls ages 7-14. The camp will take place on campus June 13 to July 22, Monday through Friday. The department will also host the Gator Start morning program to provide a full-day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) option. For more information or to register, visit kin.sfsu.edu/gatorcamp or call the Kinesiology Department at ext. 8‑2244.

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ACADEMIC SENATE

The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. An open-floor period from 2 to 2:10 p.m. will provide an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. Please arrive promptly at 2 p.m. The agenda will include:

  • Chair's report.
  • Report from CFA-SFSU Chapter President Sheila Tully, (2:20 p.m.).
  • Report from Director of Metro Mary Beth Love (2:35 p.m., tentative).
  • Recommendation from Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposed revision to the Paired Courses policy, first reading.
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Policy, first reading.
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Senate By-Laws regarding Executive Committee Senators-at-Large, first reading.
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding a proposed revision to the University Policy on Written English Proficiency, first reading (3:20 p.m.).
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding a proposed revision to the Athletic Advisory Board policy, first reading.
  • Recommendation from Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposed revision to the Education minor, first reading.
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding a proposed revision to the Short Term Loan Program policy, first reading.
  • Standing Committee reports:
    • Academic Policies Committee
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
    • Faculty Affairs Committee
    • Strategic Issues Committee
    • Student Affairs Committee

 

Candidates for the spring 2016 all-University elections

The voting period is April 11 through April 29.

To vote, please visit senate.sfsu.edu/content/elections-spring-2016-voter-guide.

Candidate list by position:

Click the position title for more information about it. To view a candidate's position statement, click their name, where available.

Academic Senate: At-Large Faculty Representative

  • Bhaskar, Vidhyacharan: Lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering, COSE
  • Holton, Thomas: Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, COSE
  • Steier, Saul: Associate Professor, Humanities, LCA

Academic Senate: Staff Representative

Academic Senate, CSU: Faculty Representative

Academic Freedom Committee: Faculty Representative

Honorary Degree Committee: Faculty Representative

University Tenure and Promotions Committee

  • Fielden, Ned: Librarian, LIB
  • Walsh, David: Professor, Kinesiology, CHSS

Administrative Search Committee pool: Faculty Representative

See the list of faculty members in the current pool.

  • Azocar, Cristina: Associate Professor, Department Chair, Journalism, LCA
  • Blosser, Betsy: Professor, BECA, LCA
  • Cheng, A.S. (Ed): Professor, School of Engineering, COSE
  • Curtis, Sarah: Professor, History, LCA
  • Darling, Juanita: Associate Professor, International Relations, LCA
  • Dollinger, Marc: Professor, Jewish Studies, LCA
  • Henderson, Barbara Ann: Professor, Elementary Education, GCOE
  • Hua, Julietta: Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies, LCA
  • Millet, Kitty: Professor, Jewish Studies, LCA
  • Perea, John-Carlos: Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies, COES
  • Reyes, Belinda: Associate Professor, Latina/Latino Studies, COES
  • Roeder, Theresa: Associate Professor, Decision Science, COB
  • Sabee, Christina: Professor, Department Chair, Communication Studies, LCA

For information about the elections visit senate.sfsu.edu/content/all-university-elections-spring-2016 or view the voter guide. Questions? Contact the Senate Office at ext. 8-1264 or email senate@sfsu.edu.

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Calendar and on the Senate website at senate.sfsu.edu.

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INSIDERS

Cinema

Assistant Professor of Cinema Cheryl Dunye was granted a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2016. This year, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded 175 fellowships in the U.S. and Canada, chosen from 3,000 applicants.

Communication Studies

On April 10, Professor of Communication Studies Amy Kilgard performed "Returns and Other Consumer Tragedies" at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre in Hayward as part of One for All: A Solo Artists Festival. The performance, which explored the havoc wrought on Target aisles by customers and the protagonist's secret plot to foil them, is an excerpt from her solo show "Triskaidekaphobia: 13 Consumer Tragedies," which toured 13 cities in 2013.

Creative Writing

On April 12, Harper Collins published Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Chanan Tigay's "The Lost Book of Moses." The book follows a quest to find the oldest Bible scrolls in the world while uncovering the story of the antiquarian who discovered them in 1883 and was later accused of forging them.

Health Equity Institute

Health Equity Institute Director Cynthia Gomez received the American Psychological Association (APA) President's Citation for contributions to psychology and has been elected to the APA's Board of Affairs.

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NEWSMAKERS

Panama Papers a Rorschach test?

Professor of History Charles Postel commented on the release of the Panama Papers and its impact on the discourse of the 2016 presidential candidates for an April 7 The World article, which was also published by the Associated Press and multiple outlets. "This is just the type of thing that is animating his [candidate Bernie Sanders'] base. [Trump is]  more of a nationalist," Postel said. Trump's "issue is not that these rich people are not playing by the rules. It's that we need powerful people who will protect Americans. If Trump said, 'Of course I put half of my money in the Virgin Islands,' none of his voters would object to that. They'd say: 'Sure, he's a billionaire. If I was a billionaire, I wouldn't pay my taxes either.'"

Damage control

Professor of Health Education Ramon Castellblanch commented on KaloBios Pharmaceuticals' new pricing pledge for an April 11 SF Gate article. "I see this as PR effort to clean up their image after the disastrous revelations of price gouging a few months ago," he said. "There's nothing in this document that doesn’t mean they will not continue to overcharge."

Angry at everybody

An April 11 Mercury News report on the recently inked BART labor deal included comments from Professor of Communication Studies Joe Tuman. "It's very clear that the 2013 strike woke up a lot of voters," said Tuman. "Most people, whether they held labor or management responsible the last time around, were equal parts angry at everybody. It was very unlikely, I think, that you could convince voters about the viability of this [upcoming infrastructure] bond measure in large numbers if you also had the threat of another strike looming on the horizon."

For more media coverage of faculty, staff, students, alumni and programs, see SF State in the News

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